Game 1 : Glenelg 1 lost to East Torrens 2
Game 2 : Glenelg 1 lost to East Torrens 2
A mixed bag of weather greeted the young studs as we travelled to O.G road to take on East Torrens
With the game starting exactly on 12 the East Torrens pitcher was so happy he plunked Jess on the arm a hit to Sonny then Rion had Jess in the dugout before we could yell ice. Bays one nil up.
With double header games for Div one Will Burke got the start for us coming back from an injury lay off. He struggled a little for control which would be expect allowing a run to score on a put out to first
Despite hits to Ben Clavell and Kyle we were unlucky not to score with Jess lining out to first to end our threat
Will was solid over the next two frames only allowing one more run to cross which was not an issue as our bats would soon heat up
After Sonny just got under one to lead off the third Mags duly hit a single to left advancing to third on Rion's double to right and scoring on Wurfel’s hit to left. Unfortunately Rion was per lightly tagged out at home as he decided that he did not want to get his uniform dirty and slide.
Not to worry Ben knocked in Adam with a bullet into the centre right alley.
Will went out and had his best inning really finding his control and working a 9 pitch inning a great way to finish his outing leaving the game with us 3 to 2 up
We had our chances in the top of the 5th with Kyle using his wheels to force an error by short and Jess getting one down the line in right but again just could not get that last hit.
Finding out the day before I could use Jess on the hill we decided to do just that and Jess worked an easy bottom of the 5.
This is when the game got fun a hit by pitch to Mags base hit to rion set the scene for Ben to clear the fence with shades of Kirk Gibson in the 1988 world series the man hobbled around the bases given us a handy 5 to 2 lead
Jess went out to do the bottom half and after getting the first two guys relatively easy got himself into a bit of trouble. The pleasing thing is he composed himself and got the last guy to ground to Archie to end the inning.
We had a chance to blow the game open in the last inning Rion collecting his fourth hit of the game Adam smashing a double to right had runners second and third none out an intentional walk to Ben had the base loaded none out.
They would all be left stranded as the crafty east Torrens pitcher found his grove and struck out the side.
Jess was cooked so it was time to really turn the clock back and coach Z came on to throw the last. Showing he has still got something he finished of the game with two strike outs and a nice running catch to Kyle to end the game
Ben Clavell was awesome collecting three hits and driving in 3 with a busty hammie. I know why you wanted to stay out there brother and have a tear writing this. He would have been proud of you mate. Still would have found something you did wrong but that was just him. Well Done
Rion and Adam were excellent in the box and Archie played like a veteran not a 14 year old kid making some nice plays at left then shortstop but this win was completed by the entire team great work guys we are really becoming a tight unit be proud but don't slack off.
The birds were chirping as we warmed up pre 9am for the early road game. We got off to a good start in the top of the first scoring a pair of runs with some timely hitting and good base running. With the Div 1 double header running our arms thin we flipped the new pearl to Benny Clavell who battled through the first, a 2 out fly ball that we couldn't convert to an out saw the home team plate two free runs.
We got some great ABs from all youngsters. Bailey Edgar maybe his debut behind the plate and looked right at home. Archie Lovelock made some great plays at shortstop including a diving catch to close out an inning. Adam Wurfel played some pretty slick D at 3B and L Thommo took up the pill for 3 innings of work while on giving up 1 run.
It was a pretty decent outing, just a few plays we could have made that probably gave them an extra few runs and that bit too much to chase down.
Yes you read that correct. This was a pretty emotionally charged ball game, as it was our first time back to the field seen the tragic news of losing our great mate Big Hegs. A huge thanks goes out to the guys from Henley who were super accommodating in helping us honour Hegs with a moments silence before the game, this kind of things go a way to helping us all heal. So thanks again, it means an awful lot to all of us.
The game itself, as the scoreline would suggest was a bit of a slugfest. Alex Marsh got a big first inning double and Quals got one of the bigger hits of the day with a bases clearing double. After 3 innings we had scored 10, which is awesome, but the rams hitters came out swinging as well. Lachy Eldridge threw his heart out without his best stuff on the day, Kym Bartlett also fighting a sore wing got the required final 6 outs to keep the W intact. Luke Thompson got some help from Heglar and knocked a 2 run single into RF to bring home some late runs that proved very handy. Deebs seemingly forgetting you are actually out on a sac fly, kinda summed up the kind of week it has been. A funny moment, but he isn't alone with how this week has gone.
In the end, it was a game that I will remember more about the comradery shared out there by both teams. We have some great mates on both sides and to share a drink with guys after the game, the high fives before and after the ballgame. Special moments. This is the kind of stuff that just makes me glad to go out there with the guys week in week out.
With another tough day ahead this week, I cant help but to just be so thankful for the GBC family, and the wider baseball community, that have done so many gestures, big and small that just warm the heart. To Daz and Kuhna, it was pretty special to share a day like that with you guys who knew Hegs well, so thanks for a cracking game.
The R U OK moto still needs to be out there, we have tough days coming again. We will get through this together. Please continue to check in with your mates, reach out, find an ear to talk to if you need it. It's still horrible, it's still raw and hard to fathom, but we have to find a way to help each other get through it.
With heavy hearts the Snakes Alives approached our first home game of the season with a view to win one for #10.
Down on numbers due to the Big Kraj and the Van man being down with injury, some Thursday night shuffling meant a welcome to the hill for Queensland’s best export in the Aussie superhero known simply as “Benderman”.
Looking for efficiency in his first outing on the hill this season, a hard hit ball to leftfield saw the first out of the game as the Fenomenon comfortably snaffled the pill. A base hit was followed by some less than stellar work up the middle, but no dramas as a line drive turned into a double play as Vdub and Borrito got back on the same page to head for the sticks with no score from the visitors.
The Beetle led off with a crisp single, stole second and proceeded to third on an error before the Jouster singled him in to get the good guys on the board. Benderman, pitching and batting four (as was his opposite number), knocked one to second to score another as the Tiges took a 2-0 lead early.
Visiting second baseman NotThatChrisYoung was caught dazzled for a KC by some Benderman wizardry before a couple of infield outs completed the inning around a single to right.
The visitors own superhero, The Amazing Spiderman, whiffed our side in the second to keep the score at 2-0 good guys after two. Benderman breezed through the third with a walk the only blemish before the Fendog Millionaire kicked off a rally in the third with a crispy single to right. Benderman doubled before GhostFacedKillah knocked both boys in for a 4-0 lead after three.
Two more runs were added in the 4th with hits to Steak, Borrito (mmmmm….Steak Borrito), Fenomenon, Carter USM and Benderman while the opposing bats remained quiet. Another run in the 5th went to the good guys with a hard hit pill by Benny Baracus off the third baseman’s foot that Baracus stretched into second with some heads up base running. A Borrito bleeder and a Vdub single had the score at 7-0 after six.
The Eags refused to lay this one down easy with a few base knocks as Benderman‘s mind wandered to a post-game XXXX Gold, but the great man completed his task in just under the required amount of pitches, ringing up a K to complete the win with a 7-2 scoreline.
All in all a solid win against not just a quality opposition but a quality bunch of guys – tip of the hat to the West Torrens boys for some cordial conversation and level headed post-game banter after some heated stuff between the lines. Good players, good blokes from the Rutland Avenue confines.
And it’s on to Sturty……
D6 Tigers fresh from the win last week in the local derby against D6 Glenelg hosted the Adelaide Angels.
Lots of familiar faces in this Angels team who we have had some great clashes against over the last few years.
At this level solid defence and stringing a few hits together usually gets the job done. Saturdays game was exactly that.
Defensive highlights - Dave Mitchell thru 5 solid innings giving up a few runs from a few hits, Marty Beyer’s acrobatic defence, Ben Dixon closing out the game after being the rock at shortstop
Offense highlights – John Sandercock, Dave Jucha, Ben Dixon and Marty Beyer make a pretty good middle part of the line-up and they get the scoreboard ticking over.
Resulted in a high standard 7 innings game, Tigers win!!! 5-4
Season so far: 2 wins, 1 loss.
In somewhat of a topsy-turvy game, we eventually lost in the last inning walk off style away at the Home of Maroon.
I really don't like praising our guys too much or too often. It is fine for every few weeks or so but not after every game.
Other teams may read these reports and make changes accordingly to quell their influences over upcoming games. So for this report I will call Glen Pycock various "Quentin Tarantino Movies".
In a good standard game, especially for Division 6, we went close to the full 7 innings. Sam Dixon pitched OK for him and was backed up well by catcher Tim Swansson (2 assists), Rhys Capuano made a couple of nice plays at 3rd and with "Kill Biill Volume 1" catching everything at 1st (would've been at least 4 pop ups). after 6 full innings we were ahead 6-5.
Batting wise we were led by Wayne Hughes, Thomas Burton and "Django Unchained" all with RBI extra base hits. "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood" continued his early season form tacking on another couple of hits also.
Up by one going into the bottom of the last (would have been up by 2 if one of our players executed a slide at home plate) we couldn't quite finish the determined opposition. Their first couple of guys got on through walks and 2 hits later the game was theirs after a walk off line drive to left.